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Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH)
Many PhD candidates follow courses and get professional trainings from the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Erasmus Urban Youth Lab
The Erasmus Urban Youth Lab (EUYL) is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, IVO research institute, and the Erasmus Medical Center. EUYL wants to contribute to knowledge development in the area of vulnerable youth in a metropolitan environment. In addition, EUYL wants to contribute to the application of this knowledge by connecting science and practice.
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
IHS is part of the EUR Holding and is aimed to tackle the problems faced in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities. VCC cooperates on a number of fields with IHS, like the PhD programme Urban Governance and Development and the master specialisation on Urban Governance.
VCC develops joint research initiatives with Repolis in the field of community-led initiatives in the field of urban development, sustainability, water management, health care, and energy transition.
The City of Rotterdam
The City of Rotterdam is partner of Vital Cities and Citizens. Rotterdam can be regarded as a laboratory with many (new) social developments. It is a city with a wide diversity of social challenges and VCC researchers engage with the city by sharing and developing new knowledge for wicked urban problems.
VCC is involved in the Knowledge Labs, which consists of researchers of various disciplines and representatives of the City of Rotterdam and other knowledge institutions. The Knowledge Labs relate to the knowledge questions of the City of Rotterdam.
The urban environment poses many challenges for both the local government and citizens. BIG’R aims to offer Rotterdam a sustainable knowledge infrastructure with which public services are able to work more cost efficient. In addition, the knowledge can be beneficial for citizens.
Knowledge Lab Liveable Neighborhoods
The Knowledge Lab Liveable Neighbourhoods aims to improve the quality of neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. The knowledge Lab deliberately uses existing knowledge and experiences in the field of improving liveability. Thus knowledge is co-created.
Knowledge Lab Organisations in a Smart Society
De City of Rotterdam and the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam have formed a collaboration on the theme of organisational development.
The City will finance a doctoral researcher investigating 'Democratic Innovation and administrative craftmanship' and an employee of the municipality will write a dissertation as external PhD student in the field of 'Public organisations and the capacity for change'. In line with both projects, there will also be room for two internships per year for masters students in the next four years.
This Knowledge Lab focuses on contributing to the development of knowledge of talented people in the city. Moreover, the Knowledge Lab stimulates the exchange and application of this knowledge, which contributes to improving the quality of education policy and the practice of education in the city.
ST-RAW for youth policy
ST-RAW (before: DWARS) is the renewed academic hub for the youth aid chain. Together with partners from the working field, policy, education and science ST-RAW wants to provide a solid knowledge foundation to youth aid and municipal youth policy in Rotterdam.
Urban Big Data
How to increase the valuable use of big data? What is needed to enable this and which risks are at play? Which data are available and how reliable are they? What about privacy? The Knowledge Lab Urban Big Data looks into these and other questions.